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The joys of dancing are plain to see from this early advert for the Hammersmith Palais de Danse, taken from the Tatler of 15 September 1920.
The caption reads:
From time immemorial the “poetry of movement” has exercised an irresistible fascination over mankind. No other form of recreation is so healthful or develops in its devotees such a gracefulness of movement and deportment.
The opening of the Palais de Danse marked a new era in the dancing world; at a single bound it has taken a premier position, simply because it provides good and inexpensive dancing.
You do not need to tread the fantastic toe to enjoy yourself at the Palais de Danse; many regular patrons visit the hall to listen to the enlivening strains of the two Jazz bands, which are always in attendance, and to watch the dancing.
Eighty instructresses and instructors.